I spend near a thousand a month on ebay, amazon, etc. Between parts for the mowers, maintenance for ALL the equipment, shop materials......it never ends. I do save a lot of money doing it that way and the receipts are much easier to keep track of for my accountant for the business. Lately, ebay has become a train wreck. You never know who an item is being shipped by (ups, fedex, usps) and the tracking gets worse daily. Example: One of my mowers is a Great Dane Super Surfer Series 2 stander. It was owned years ago by John Deere so that's what all the part numbers reference too. Well they eventually were sold to gravely and discontinued a couple years ago. Mine is a 2006 and has 700+ hours on it so that's why I keep it. Anyway, I needed a tension spring for the deck. ONLY ONE person listed it on ebay. I ordered (2) and a week later they still showed as "departed Swainsboro GA". I contacted seller, he said he would ship a couple more only thru UPS instead of USPS. Well about 6 days later I received the package. Inside were (3) disc harrow blade scrappers. UMMMMM, wth?!?! Soooooo, now he claims he is sorry for the headaches and will get (3) "springs" sent to me. In the meantime, I finally found a JD dealer that was able to locate a spring and had it overnighted to me...... Sorry about the long rant; it was easier than turning the disc harrow scrappers into frizbees........
Ebay Is Killing Me! (Sorry 'bout The Rant)
Posted August 28, 2014 - 05:42 AM
I have found that the JD parts network is excellent and sometimes the prices are the same or cheaper than other shops in the area. I can routinely get any in stock part in 3 business days even though I am in Nova Scotia at the extreme edge of the continent. The problem with JD is that when parts inventory falls off on an older part they increase the prices making some parts hard to afford. I guess that's a problem with most companies. I don't use Ebay much but shipping can be a real pain, in the posterior as well as the wallet no matter who you deal with. And here in Canada we get nailed on brokerage fees for US purchases. I've had 75$ worth of parts end up costing 200$ by the time all the shipping , fees and taxes are added in.
- HDWildBill said thank you
Posted August 28, 2014 - 06:04 AM
I find myself using Ebay less, It's getting harder to find what u want, prices are less competitive and the service gets poorer.
Also it's gotten down right annoying, I really don't need the popups telling me that 1 person has looked at it in the last hour, That was me by the way, so slow at times that pages take forever to load, I used to sell on Ebay but it's not really worth it anymore, low listing fee to reel u in and then take all my money for seller fees,paypal etc. my list of annoyances goes on.
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 06:33 AM
Agreed!!!!!!!!!! E-bay is getting out of hand, I think some of it is the sellers and shipping outfits but allot of it is e-bay as a whole. I sell lots of stuff on e-bay and the fees at the end of the day are borderline to making it not worth while. I have raised the prices on what I sell to cover the fee's but the higher the price the higher the fee Eventually I will just give up on it and start my own web site or something. You are not alone in your frustration.
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 06:43 AM
Ebay and Wal Mart both are turning to garbage. I find myself staying away from both more and more. I use to sell on Ebay a lot but I quit about 4 years ago.
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 07:10 AM
Posted August 28, 2014 - 07:14 AM
Maintenance is all part of the hobby/job! It costs money to keep machines running their best.
Ebay is what you make of it, I stay away from the real big retailers as they sell mostly crap anyway and charge an arm and leg for shipping.
If the seller is a competent person you should know exactly where , how and when the item is being shipped. You can often tell carriers by the tracking code.
Everyone complains about ebay , but where else are you going to find hard to find parts or have a large market place to attract potential buyers, a website can takes many years to even appear in search result rankings!
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 07:33 AM
, a website can takes many years to even appear in search result rankings!
Not if you pay for it! Its an option you have when you list your domain ;-)
Posted August 28, 2014 - 07:56 AM
I never buy from eBay, I order my trailer tires off there once a year but that's it.
I use to buy from eBay a lot but anymore everything is to high priced and EVERYTHING is "BUY IT NOW" and no longer the auction style.
- Bill 76 said thank you
Posted August 28, 2014 - 08:25 AM
How come other websites like Kijiji never grow to compete with fbay? Anyone use them?
And another thing! I'm tired of being asked to rate everything. I used a Kindle to down load a book to read. After a few days, I was asked to rate the book!
Posted August 28, 2014 - 09:35 AM
The fees come out to about 13%. If I cant sell items locally then id rather loose the 13% then have something sitting on the shelf. EBay has nothing to do with the shipping. That's all Seller. I have noticed that eBays tracking info isn't up to date so I always check with UPS or USPS directly from their site. I don't think ive ever been on Kijiji. I may check them out and list things there before ePay.
- GTTinkerer said thank you
Posted August 28, 2014 - 09:37 AM
When I use Kijiji it comes up as eBayclassifieds.
- GTTinkerer said thank you
Posted August 28, 2014 - 05:43 PM
Posted August 28, 2014 - 07:32 PM
I'm tired of being asked to rate everything. I used a Kindle to down load a book to read. After a few days, I was asked to rate the book!
They know how much you read in the winter, is all.
Posted August 28, 2014 - 07:43 PM
I only use ebay now days as a resource for items built. Its full of pictures and things. Most of the time the sellers don't even know what it is there selling, so getting any info is pretty much a waste of time. You can see a lot of things from just a picture. I have more luck with Craigslist on getting tractors and attachments. Doing a country wide search usually turns up several new thing a month.
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